What is the Columbia Design League?

We are a group of Columbia Museum of Art members who share a belief that design matters in every area of modern life. Our annual seasons abound with lectures and discussions led by architects, designers, artists, and other luminaries. The Design League collaborates with academic, civic, and professional organizations to bring appealing and insightful design programs and events to the region.

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Play With Your City

Play With Your City 2019: Reimagining Lady Street

The winner has been announced! Learn more about the changes on Lady Street.




The Public Restroom: Fear, Decency, and Design

The Columbia Design League presents Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at NYU and co-editor of the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, has a beef with American public bathrooms — the physical design often makes an important everyday experience exceedingly uncomfortable.


Recorded October 4, 2020

CDL presents Please Have a Seat: A Conversation on Eileen Gray

Join Curator Catherine Walworth for a virtual conversation about architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray, a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture. Walworth and Adrienne Montare, a founding member of the Columbia Design League and executive director of AIA South Carolina, discuss Gray’s career and its relevance today, including the recent acquisition of a Gray chair to the CMA collection. This video includes a question and answer section recorded on Facebook Live immediately following the discussion.